Dakota Johnson’s 10 Best Movies, According to Ranker

With Dakota Johnson’s new film Cha Cha Real Smooth premiering at Sundance Film Festival and her second new film Persuasion coming to Netflix soon, she’s making big steps in her movie star career. With her break out role being Anastasia in Fifty Shades of Grayshe has changed from the awkward yet sexy type-cast to adding more range in her roles.

From being a single lady to escaping a cult with her sister, Johnson’s newest additions to her filmography have definitely spread across different genres and moods, expanding her experience as an actress. With Johnson soon to lead Sony’s upcoming Madame Webbfans took a look back at her best work so far, according to Ranker.

Note: Ranker lists are fan-voted, live, and continue to accrue votes, so some rankings may have changed after this publishing.


10 Fifty Shades Of Grey (2015)

Fifty Shades of Gray follows Anastasia, who fills in for her friend to do an interview and meets Christians Gray – played by Jamie Dornan. He takes an interest in Anastasia, and from then on, the pair develop a strange and sexual relationship where Anastasia learns about Mr. Grey’s dark past.

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This was Dakota Johnson’s first big franchise movie and her big break into Hollywood, playing Anastasia, a young, naïve woman who becomes entangled in Christian’s life. Her performance shows her character’s innocence perfectly. She balances the awkwardness and clumsiness greatly while showing her character’s intellect and curiosity to delve into her sexuality.

9 How To Be Single (2016)

The girl of How To Be Single

In How to be Single, Alice recently breaks up with her long-term boyfriend and takes a chance of a lifetime by moving to New York City. She soon befriends a co-worker Robin, and they explore the city together, learning about one-night stands, wild nights, and how to survive as a single woman in New York.

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Dakota Johnson plays the city newbie Alice, and fans praised her as an irresistible and charismatic character. She brings a likeableness to her character that well compliments her to her co-actresses like Rebel Wilson. While her character is described as a regular “every day” girl that is seen as bland, she presents a sense of reality to the screen that the audience can relate to.

8 The Social Network (2010)

Dakota Johnson holds her laughter in The Social Network

Directed by David FincherThe Social Network is a biographical film about the creation of Facebook as Mark Zuckerberg and his friend, Eduardo, create a social networking website. While enjoying the success, things take a turn as Zuckerberg begins to cuts ties with the people around him.

Dakota Johnson has a smaller role as Amelia Ritter, who has a one-night stand with Sean Parker, the Napster founder. Despite her limited screen time, she can balance both that ditsy quality with an adorableness that the audience like to see.

7 Bad Times At The El Royale (2018)

Dakota Johnson in Bad Times at the El Royale

Bad Times at the El Royale takes place in the early 1970s when seven strangers arrive at a deserted hotel, The El Royale. They discover everyone is hiding secrets and a dark past, and they must work together for a last shot at redemption.

Johnson portrays Emily Summerspring, who attempts to separate her sister from a cult group. In contrast to Anastasia, Emily is a bolder role that showcases a charismatic, seductive, and striking femme fatale, which Dakota nailed and impressed fans regarding her versatility.

6 Suspiria (2018)

In Suspiria, a young and aspiring dancer, Susie, lands a spot in a distinguished dance studio and even gets the main role. But, the girl she replaced breaks down and accuses the directors of witchcraft. Soon, another studio member investigates a hidden basement, finding the studio’s dark secrets.

Playing Suspiria’s Susie, Johnson showcases a more harrowing performance alongside co-star Tilda Swinton. This is Dakota’s first horror movie role, expanding her repertoire, not just with a dancing role, but by breaking away from her chick-flick brand.

5 Fifty Shades Freed (2018)

Fifty Shades Freed is the last addition in the Fifty Shades trilogy. Now with Christian Gray and Anastasia married, they believe all the darkness is past them. That is until unexpected events occur, threatening their happy ending.

Dakota revives her role as Anastasia in the final film. Her chemistry with Jamie Dornan has grown over the years, helping to elevate her character’s determination. Now, she shows a new intelligent girl that’s learned a lot since the first film.

4 Fifty Shades Darker (2017)

Fifty Shades Darker is the second installation in the Fifty Shades trilogy, following the break up of Christian – Jamie Dornan’s better roles – and Anastasia. This leaves Christian Gray in a heart broken state and tries to get Anastasia back into his life. But, an old submissive partner gets in the way.

Once again returning as Anastasia Steele, Johnson grows and changes from the first movie by no longer being the naïve, young woman she was before. Instead, Anastasia has a new strength and confidence. The audience gets to experience a performance from Johnson who shows range as she stands up for herself and provides a more emotional act.

3 The High Note (2020)

Dakota Johnson Tracee Ellis Ross The High Note

The High Note is a musical drama set in the glitz and glam of the Los Angeles music industry. The story follows Maggie, a personal assistant to superstar Grace Davis. When Maggie goes through a midlife crisis, she’s given a choice to finally follow her dreams to become a music producer. Soon, Maggie and her boss Grace work on a plan that could change their lives forever.

Dakota Johnson plays Maggie, the personal assistant. She is perfectly casted for the role, giving Maggie the quirky awkwardness that Dakota has mastered over the years. She portrays her character’s determination and shines a dazzling smile that wins over the audience. She definitely embodied the role of Maggie during her time of desperation and need for change.

2 21 Jump Street (2012)

Dakota Johnson playing an undercover student in 21 Jump Street

Starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill21 Jump Street is a modern and comedic take on the ’80s series. It follows two best friends from high school who grow up to become police officers. Set with a task to find and bust a drug ring, they go back to high school together – undercover.

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Dakota Johnson plays the supporting role of Fugazy, another undercover cop. During her scenes, she plays off well with Channing and Jonah, bringing the energy and humor needed to play her.

1 The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019)

Dakota Johnson looking scared in The Peanut Butter Falcon

The Peanut Butter Falcon is an uplifting story about Zak, a man with Down syndrome. He decides to run away from his nursing home to finally pursue his dreams of becoming a wrestler. Along the way, he meets an outlaw, who becomes his friend and wrestling coach.

Dakota plays Eleanor, the unlikely city-girl love interest. She brings a serious tone to her character that Johnson does not typically tackle. Yet, Johnson puts on another great performance, showing range and adding an extra layer to the film.

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